SINGAPORE - Senior Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Mr Heng Chee How reviewed the 17th Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade (SCGP), the first ever tri-service SCGP at Pasir Laba Camp this evening.
1077 Specialist Cadets (SCT) from the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Republic of Singapore Air Force graduated together as specialists of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
Speaking to the graduands at the parade, Mr Heng reminded them that they bear the heavy responsibility of training the men and women under their charge.
He said: "Train your soldiers well and train them hard so that they can better contribute to the defence of Singapore. Learn to maximise their strengths, unlock their potential and motivate them to give their best during National Service."
Mr Heng also highlighted the importance of having strong leadership among the junior ranks. "The fluid nature of today's operating environment has also changed the way we conduct our operations. We now see greater decentralisation of operations and more autonomy given to our ground troops. With these changes, it becomes even more crucial to have strong leaders among our junior ranks and this includes each and every one of you on parade today," said Mr Heng.
The graduation parade marked the completion of the 22-week Specialist Cadet Course, where the SCTs trained under rigorous and realistic conditions to develop leadership and combat skills, and deepen their understanding of the other vocations in the SAF.